Memorable League Cup finals

The League Cup has undergone a revival in the last few years and with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all still in this term’s competition another exciting final could be on the cards.

There have certainly been some great finals in the past, although Leicester’s 2-1 victory against Tranmere in 2000 will not be remembered by many people other than Foxes fans.

Swindon 3-1 Arsenal 1969

The Wembley pitch, ruined by the Horse of the Year Show which had taken place on the hallowed turf one week earlier, may have benefited the Robins but this still goes down as one of the biggest shocks in English football.

Swindon were in the third tier at the time and it was their first visit to Wembley while Arsenal were riding high in the old First Division – they eventually finished fourth.

The Gunners, who included the likes of Bob Wilson, Frank McLintock and George Graham in their side, would go on to win The Double two years later but were humbled by a Don Rogers-inspired Swindon side.

The 23-year-old scored twice in extra time as he wrote his name into football folklore and helped Swindon secure a memorable victory.

Luton 3-2 Arsenal 1988

This final had everything – great goals, a missed penalty, a wonderful comeback and ultimately a shock result.

Both teams were in the top-flight at the time, amazingly the Hatters have only just returned to the Football League after needing five seasons to get out of the Conference, but the Gunners were the overwhelming favourites.

The Arsenal side, under the grim stewardship of George Graham, were not loved by the neutrals, while the attractive Luton team included the silky skills of Brian Stein, Danny Wilson, Ricky Hill and Kingsley Black as well as the more prosaic talents of the archetypal big striker Mick Harford.

Town took an early lead through Stein, but Arsenal hit back to lead 2-1 with just ten minutes left.

The game appeared to be over when Graham’s side were awarded a penalty but Andy Dibble saved Nigel Winterburn’s spot-kick before, in a thrilling finale, Wilson and then Stein scored to help Luton clinch the only major trophy in their history.

Man City 2-1 Newcastle 1976

The match will always be remembered for Dennis Tueart’s winning goal, a spectacular overhead kick, but it was also one of the great Wembley finals.

In retrospect it was Newcastle’s big chance to win their only major trophy since their 1955 FA Cup triumph, while City were also enduring a barren decade and were about to spiral into a period of decline that has only been arrested in the last five years.

Peter Barnes put City ahead before Alan Gowling equalised ten minutes before half time.

Both teams had chances to win the game before Tueart popped up to score one of the most iconic goals in Wembley history.

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